As the Gregory Polanco watch continues for Pittsburgh Pirates fans, the Bucs dropped a series in Milwaukee and now head to the Bronx to take on the Yankees. As the Pirates struggled against the Brewers, Polanco didn’t have his best day for Triple-A Indianapolis.
On the good side, he singled, walked and stole his ninth base of the season.
On the bad side, he committed another error in the outfield, grounded into a double play-which seems nearly impossible with all of the hype on his infield singles and also struck out. The Sox had hard throwing right hander Anthony Ranaudo on the mound. The stud prospect went seven innings of scoreless ball as he scattered five hits and struck out five.
Polanco’s average is down to .370 which made us wonder if he was still leading the International League. His lead actually grew despite the tough day at the plate. (One for four is a tough day by the way.)
Polanco leads the IL in OPS.
Polanco also has a very slight lead in slugging. If you look closer, you will see that Toledo’s Mike Hessman also has thirty less at-bats than the Bucs wunderkid.
He is also the International League leader in extra base hits, hits, total Bases, runs,and runs driven in. Best guess about 17 days or so until he joins the big leagues.